22 Photos – Topanga State Park, Hiking the Santa Monica Mountains

2013.06.24

This week in hike adventures we headed over to the Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. A peaceful hike, this California state park offers views of the Pacific Ocean and a really interesting rock formation called Eagle Rock. On our way back to the car the super moon crested the mountains and was our beacon as we followed the winding canyon roads down to the beach.

Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

I wish the photo could convey how cool it feels to be under these trees. Awesome canopy here.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This part of the trail is basically a fire road. Not too challenging but great for running. Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Attempting to keep my noggin from burning to a crisp.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Layers of mountains. Always pleasing to the eye.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

On our approach to Eagle Rock, it finally comes into view.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Topanga State Park is fully stocked with interesting rock formations.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This little eroded cave was a sweet little sanctuary to hide out in. It would be a cool picnic spot.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Sure, it’s not complete without chicken-scratch vandalism.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

I’d imagine this is what the view from inside a large robot looks like.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Hiking in the Los Angeles area can really give you a great escape from the city, and some perspective. Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

This view is looking straight down the cliff edge.Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

The golden bath of the setting sun.Super Moon at Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock Topanga State Park Hiking to Eagle Rock

Such a peaceful end to this hike as we cruised through the meadows back to civilization.

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